Hyundai refreshes almost entire SUV, car line-up ahead of RDE norms

    Apart from the required mechanical updates, Hyundai has introduced facelifts, new features and variant rejigs.

    Published On Feb 16, 2023 08:00:00 AM


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    In the run-up to the Real Driving Emission (RDE) norms that come into effect from April 2023, Hyundai India has made a long list of changes to almost its entire SUV and car line-up, which includes models like the Grand i10 Nios, Aura, i20, Venue and also the popular Creta.

    We tell you what has been discontinued, what has been updated and what will be all-new from Hyundai's stable in the coming months.

    1. Grand i10 Nios, Aura get facelifts with updated engines
    2. i20 diesel has been discontinued
    3. Venue gets a more powerful diesel engine
    4. Creta 1.4-litre turbo to be replaced by new 1.5 turbo
    5. All-new Verna to launch with updated engines, no diesel
    6. Alcazar, Tucson see no changes for now

    Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, Aura

    What’s in: The Grand i10 Nios hatchback and Aura compact sedan were updated with a mid-lifecycle facelift in January, wherein they also received RDE- and E20 fuel-compliant engines. Both models are currently available with a sole 83hp, 1.2-litre NA petrol engine with either manual or AMT gearboxes. The same engine is also available in CNG guise where it produces 69hp.

    What’s out: The facelifted Nios and Aura are no longer available with the 100hp, 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine as, according to sources, Hyundai plans to reserve this engine for the more expensive models in its line-up.

    Price: The facelifted Nios has been priced between Rs 5.69 lakh-8.47 lakh. Meanwhile, the new Aura has been priced between Rs 6.29 lakh-8.73 lakh, both prices ex-showroom, Delhi.

    Hyundai i20

    What’s in: The i20 will now come with two petrol engines – an 83hp, 1.2-litre NA petrol mated to either a 5-speed manual or a CVT gearbox, and a 120hp, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that’s solely offered with a 7-speed DCT gearbox. Both these engines will be made RDE- and E20-fuel compliant soon, the latter of which is also offered on the i20 N Line. 

    What’s out: Hyundai has officially delisted the diesel variants of the i20. The 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel engine was offered on the Magna, Sportz and Asta (O) trims. It, however, barely contributed to sales, which is why Hyundai chose not to upgrade this engine in the i20. The carmaker also recently discontinued the turbo-petrol iMT variants of the i20.

    Price: With a recent hike of up to Rs 21,500, prices for the i20 petrol currently range between Rs 7.19 lakh-11.68 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). 

    Hyundai Venue, Venue N Line

    What’s in: The Venue is currently available with three engine options. There’s an 83hp, 1.2-litre NA petrol engine, mated solely to a manual gearbox; a 120hp, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine mated either to an 6-speed iMT or a 7-speed DCT gearbox; and a new 115hp, 1.5-litre diesel engine that’s also offered only with a manual gearbox – all of which are RDE- and E20 fuel-compliant.

    The Venue also got an update to the safety list with more airbags in the lower trims and engine start/stop function as standard. The same is also applicable to the sporty petrol N Line variants.

    Importantly, the 1.5 diesel mill on the Venue was updated to now produce 115hp, 250Nm – up from 100hp, 240Nm. That’s because the engine now employs a variable geometry turbo (VGT) instead of the fixed geometry turbo (FGT) that was available on the previous unit. This not only helps with RDE compliance but also consolidates the 1.5 diesel mill in a single state-of-tune across all the Hyundai-Kia models it's offered in.

    Price: With all the aforementioned mechanical and safety upgrades, the Venue has seen a price hike in the range of Rs 6,000-Rs 51,000. The Venue petrol is currently priced between Rs 7.68 lakh-12.96 lakh, while the diesel variants are priced between Rs 10.39 lakh-12.92 lakh. Prices for the N Line variants have also gone up by Rs 30,000, now ranging between Rs 12.60 lakh-13.59 lakh, all prices ex-showroom, Delhi.

    Hyundai Creta

    What’s in: While a mid-life facelift is still awaited, the Creta also received its RDE and E20 fuel-compliant engines earlier this month. It's now available with 115hp, 1.5-litre NA petrol and diesel engines, mated to either manual, CVT or torque converter automatic gearboxes. It also got an update on the safety front with six airbags and ESC being made standard across the range.

    What’s out: We had previously reported that Hyundai was to discontinue the 140hp, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine on the Creta. Our dealer sources have now confirmed that bookings for the Creta 1.4-litre turbo are not being taken anymore. When Hyundai launched the updated Creta with RDE- and E20 fuel-compliant engines, the turbo-petrol variants curiously did not carry any price hike. This suggests the 1.4-litre unit was not upgraded to meet the stricter emission norms as it would soon be replaced by a new and more powerful 1.5-litre turbo-petrol unit.

    Price: Prices for the Creta were hiked by Rs 20,000-Rs 45,000 with the RDE upgrade. The Creta petrol is currently priced between Rs 10.84 lakh-18.34 lakh, while the diesel variants are priced between Rs 11.89 lakh-19.13 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.

    All-new Hyundai Verna

    What’s in: Hyundai recently teased the new-gen Verna for India, opened bookings for the same and also confirmed that it will be offered with two petrol engines – the 115hp, 1.5-litre NA petrol engine will be carried over as is, mated to either a manual or a CVT automatic gearbox. There will also be an all-new 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine (same as the one mentioned above for the Creta) that’s expected to make its India debut on the Verna before being rolled out to the rest of the Hyundai-Kia line-up. This engine will likely produce around 160hp and will come mated to manual or 7-speed DCT gearboxes. The upcoming Verna is an all-new generation, which means it will be completely new inside and out.

    What’s out: Hyundai will, however, not be offering the 1.5 diesel mill on the new-gen Verna as diesels barely sell in the sedan segment. The Verna will, therefore, sit in a petrol-only segment as the Honda City will also lose its diesel engine soon.

    Hyundai Alcazar made RDE complaint; Tucson remains unchanged

    Hyundai also updated the Alcazar for RDE and E20 fuel compliance recently. There were no major changes to the line-up, but six airbags and engine start/stop functionality were made standard across the range. The Alcazar gets a 159hp, 2.0-litre petrol engine and a 115hp, 1.5-litre diesel engine. Both are mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

    Meanwhile, the flagship Tucson was already futureproofed since its launch in August last year.

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